Appointed to the University of the West Indies November 5, 2004

Roland Butcher takes Caribbean coaching role

Cricinfo staff

Roland Butcher: university post © Getty Images

Roland Butcher, who in 1981 became the first black player to represent England - ironically in Barbados, the country of his birth - has been appointed director of sports at the University of the West Indies' Cave Hill Campus in Barbados.

Butcher was appointed to the role on a two-year contract in the hope that he would improve the profile of the centre. "He has international coaching qualifications in two of the leading sporting disciplines, cricket and football, so it's like a double whammy," Chelston Lovell, the centre's media manager, told The Nation. "He will be working very intimately in the total preparation of Cave Hill Campus sports teams for major local and regional tournaments."

Aside from his cricket credentials, Butcher played a good standard of non-league football in England. But his experience as a coach in New Zealand, Bermuda and England will be his main asset.